Column – April – Hometown News

Yoko Ono once said that winter reminds us of our perseverance and spring of our innocence. As Spring sprouts around us here in Carleton Place I look back fondly on a month of running with bunnies, chocolate surprises, tipping maple martinis, welcoming new faces on Bridge St and saying a fond farewell to those who have walked on. What I am left with in my recollection is a renewed sense of hometown pride. I see (and use) the #cpproud hashtag on social media often and in this month of transition, of reflection and new beginnings there is indeed so much that we as a community can be proud of.

We are the town of the Murphy’s and Moore’s, of flying ace Captain Roy Brown, NHL alum Shean Donovan and the man behind some of the Hardy Boy adventures, Leslie McFarlane. Indeed we also have a new generation of talented young people to make us proud. In sports already in this year, our Jr A Carleton Place Canadians are in the semi-finals (again on the road to the Bogart Cup!) and Goalie, Colton Point is the leading net minder in the league. The Carleton Place Vipers Cheer Athletics finished 2nd at the Canadian Cheer Evolution Competition and the Carleton Place Skating Club’s own, Jaclynn Pye qualified for the Skate Ontario Championships. Not to mention the CP Water Dragons who are tearing up the swimming lanes and the Canoe Club rowers haven’t even begun yet but are already destined for great things!

And the talent doesn’t stop there. Jordan McIntosh wowed the crowd at the Canadian Tire Centre on March 19th with his rendition of our National Anthem. He continues to tour with George Canyon and is making his mark on the Canadian country music scene. Brock Zeman has been named as a Folk Singer/Songwriter finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back. He continues to tour and write and garner popular and critical acclaim for his work. Breaking out into the Country Music scene, Brea Lawrenson can be seen next at the Law & Orders benefit dance at the Carleton Place arena on April 17th from 2-5pm. She was recently nominated for Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year (Canadian Pearl), Songwriter of the year (Canadian Pearl) and Album of the Year (#Brealieve) in round 2 of the 2016 CMAO Awards. Both Jordan and Brea will be hitting the stage at the annual Boots & Hearts Music Festival in Burls Creek Ontario from August 4th-7th sharing the spotlight with Country greats like Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw.

Coming up in April we also welcome two new businesses to Bridge St – Giardino Lifestyle Salon and Education Centre and Stiletto Custom Barbering and I hear a new restaurant is due any time! April 17th-24th is Pitch In week. Contact the Carambeck Community Centre for information on how you can “Pitch In” and make Carleton Place a cleaner place to live. April 14th you can join her Excellency, Sharon Johnston at the Carleton Place Library as she debuts her novel Matrons & Madams and finally, why not celebrate Earth Day with a sunrise labyrinth walk at the Carleton Place Labyrinth on April 22nd? Keep up the good work friends and neighbours. You all make me #cpproud.

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